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Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara

Date Mar 23, 2011 - Sep 25, 2011
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova

Exhibition Overview

Bukhara features a collection of Central Asian ikats and embroidered silks — coats, veils, wall hangings and coverlets from the Textile Museum’s permanent collection — to visualize the Bukhara region’s rich textile history and place it within the diverse cultural traditions of Asia.

Related Programs and Events

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Curator's Tour
Wednesday April 27, 6:30 pm
Join Natalia Nekrassova in the galleries for a tour of Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara.
Free with admission.

Textile Seminar: Silk Textiles from Around the World
Wednesday May 11, 6:30 pm
Enjoy a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at artifacts from the TMC's collection with curators Natalia Nekrassova and Roxane Shaughnessy.
Members $20, Non-members $25, Full-time students Pay-What-You-Can. Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x2228.

Lecture: Silk Roads and Silk Shoes with Elizabeth Semmelhack
Wednesday May 25, 6:30 pm
During the 18th century, upper-class women at both ends of the "Silk Road" wore delicate silk shoes. The silk "lotus shoes" worn by Han Chinese women rivaled the silk high heels of European women in sumptuousness. Despite the many miles that separated Europe and China, the use of silk for footwear had striking commonalities. Join Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum, as she explores the meanings of silk shoes in the 18th century in these two cultures.
Free for TMC Members and Full-time students, Non-members $15. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at the TMC's front desk. Please arrive early, seating is limited.

2-Day Workshop: Silk Screen Geometric Patterns with Sharon Epstein
Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join local artist Sharon Epstein for an exploration of creating geometric patterns using silk screen techniques. Participants will visit the exhibitions Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara and Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture for inspiration for their designs, and do extensive hands-on work in the studio. Co-presented with the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op.
Members $120, Non-members $144, Full-time students $80. Materials $35. Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x2228.

Curator's Tour
Wednesday August 24, 6:30 pm
Join Natalia Nekrassova in the galleries for a tour of Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara.
Free with admission.

Installation (2011), Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation (2011), Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation (2011), Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation (2011), Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation (2011), Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation (2011), Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation (2011), Photo: Jill Kitchener
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